Wednesday, 10 September 2014

canvas art - she was a modern girl with a vintage soul

 Hello ☺ I've been doing a little bit more canvas art and thought I'd share this cute piece with you all.
I recently purchased a book called Vantastic by Kate Ulman from the Fox Lane blog.
A beautiful book all about their travels in a caravan!!  I was inspired by the cover to create a canvas with a retro caravan as the theme ................. and I just love how it turned out. 
 Lots and lots of layers of paper, dressing making pattern paper and paint.
 I found this cute little quote and felt it suited the canvas and also says a little bit about me ☺

So this little canvas sits proudly in my home and makes me long for another camping holiday ................................

Thanks for coming by.
Creating with love + happiness ♥

Monday, 8 September 2014

snail mail-box swap

 Hey and happy Monday ☺  Recently I participated in a snail mail-box swap with a few on-line blogging friends.  It was put together by Kellie from Give-a-girl-a-blog and I was lucky to help her out with a few idea's ................................
So last Monday I received some 'happy mail' and just had to share the gorgeous box of goodies I received.
This was sent to me from Tash - Little Bit of Thyme - she has a lovely lifestyle blog and is very crafty ☺
We provided a list of things we love, including colours, smells, hobbies and dis-likes too.  We could use this as our guide to include something hand-made, something to eat + drink, something to use and something to write ....................  lots of fun little themes.

 Tash went to great effort to present each item in such a clever way - each little package was sewn together with pattern paper and vellum and included a bible text - really meaningful ☺
 There was lots of my favourite colour - teal!!  Isn't this bead necklace just gorgeous.
 It all looks so pretty, that I haven't even opened all the packages!!
Thank you Tash for a very thoughtful and gorgeous package.  My first snail mail-box swap was heaps of fun and I would love to do it again.  It's so nice to receive special things in the mail box from crafty girls!

I posted off my box last week, so hopefully the recipient gets it soon ☺

Creating with love + happiness ♥

Thursday, 4 September 2014

currently creative .......

 Hey there - hope your week is going well☺
Today, I'm linking up with Give a Girl a blog for 'currently creative'.
I have a few crochet projects on the go .....

The first one is this 'as we go stripey' blanket - the pattern for this one is from Not Your Average Crochet!
 I'm using the pattern that she has available on her blog - the width of my blanket being 193 stitches  - currently I'm up to row 48 - so about 1/3 of the way ☺  I'm using yarn from my stash in 8ply acrylic! 

 It's a very fun project - I love the idea of learning new stitches as I go along and it's being a blanket 'full of texture'.
I'm calling this my 'colours of the sea' blanket ☺
 Another little side project I have going is a crochet cushion cover.  It's a simple granny square pattern which I'm 'making up' as I go along.
 One side is nine granny squares joined together with a border and the other side is one big granny square.I've used Moda Vera cotton/acrylic blend in 8 ply and it's a lovely yarn to crochet with.
 To join my granny squares, I've used the 'join-as-you-go' method which creates a lovely ridge!
 Hoping to finish this one soon as my little man is patiently waiting for it - it's destined for his bedroom ☺
And this cute little crochet glass jar cover was a little project I completed at my Wednesday craft morning group that I go to in our town.  I must make more of these - they would be lovely gifts ☺

So that's what I've been keeping busy with, on the crafty side of things - there's been a little bit of art canvas in between - hope to share a few of those soon ☺

Thanks for popping in.
Creating with love + happiness ♥

Monday, 1 September 2014

apple cake

 Hello and happy Spring!!!  Such a gorgeous time of year with happiness coming from everywhere.  Today I'm sharing some happiness from my kitchen.  I thought it was time to share another recipe ☺

We love apple cake - this one is delicious!!  It's gluten free and refined sugar free.

This cake is actually very similar to my date + banana cake recipe - have just tweaked the ingredients a little!
The cake crumb is moist and soft - the dates and apples give a lovely sweetness to the cake.


Ingredients & Method
2/3 cup medjool dates (pits taken out)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp mixed spice
1/4 cup rapadura
Place all the above ingredients into a bowl and add:
3/4 cup of boiling hot water

Allow to sit for about 5mins to soften the dates and melt butter.
Add to bowl:
2 eggs

Process mixture together so it's all blended well.

Add to bowl:
  3/4 cup buckwheat flour
  3/4 cup almond meal
2 tsp gluten free baking powder
2-3 green apples - peeled and diced
handful of walnuts (optional)

Combine all ingredients well.

Pour into lined round cake tin and bake at 180 degrees
for approx 30-40 mins or until cooked
Serve with a dollop of cream and enjoy ☺

This recipe could easily be made into muffins.  Just follow the same method as above;  fill muffin liners 3/4 full and bake for approx 15 mins or until cooked through. Instead of apple, you could add in about 1 cup of frozen berries ☺

I hope you enjoy this one.  You can print the recipe out by clicking on the 'print friendly' option at the bottom of this post.

Thanks for popping in ☺
Creating with love + happiness ♥

Thursday, 28 August 2014

canvas art - life is beautiful

 Hello there ☺
I've been getting all creative with paint, paper and canvas.  Today I'm sharing a recent canvas!  I'm teaching this one at my kids school - so I took a few photo's to share here!
 It's an 8x8" canvas - I've done a few layers here with paper, dressmaking paper, modelling paste and paint.

 Here is the cute little owl which is the main design on my canvas.  I've paper pieced it on to the canvas and added in details of rub-on's, stamping and black pen.
 Adding in the little details is always the fun part .....  a cute little wooden heart and a little bit of bling ☺
 a few words added in ......................................
 ................. and here it is all complete!
Mixed media is a lot of fun - I have a feeling I'm going to be doing a few more of these as time allows ☺

Thanks for coming by.
Creating with love + happiness ♥

Thursday, 21 August 2014

thankful thursday

 Hello again.  The lovely Tash from Little bit of Thyme is introducing a regular feature to her blog - Thankful Thursday.  She has invited me to join in and so I thought I would do that today ☺

I have this mini canvas on my Laundry bench which reads:  there is always something to be thankful for.  So true ......................... and when I see it, it reminds me to think about that - whether big or small.
 Today I'm thinking about little things and moments that make me thankful. 

Like this recent trip to the beach with my littlest man - just me and him - we explored and walked and took in the beautiful Winter sunshine.  This made me happy! ♥

 Today I was transferring photo's from the camera to my laptop and I came across this one - father and son - that my oldest had taken for his digital media class.  It made me smile as I think of the 'fun' relationship they have and the love they share.

 Yesterday, I received a bunch of yellow flowers from these little hands.  Thankful for his unprompted gift and constant 'i love you's'.

That's my 'thankful thursday' - sometimes it's the little things that count ☺  They are the ones I want to remember ...................................

Pop over to Little bit of Thyme if you want to join in too ☺

Thanks for coming by ♥

art journal

 Hello everyone - today I'm sharing another part of my art journal - I'm following along with the Art Journal == Tangents & Tactics over at daisy yellow.  And I'm just loving it ♥♥
Each week, there is a prompt, including video's to watch and be inspired by.  No #3 is to create an accordion album from manilla folders.  You can find the details at yellow daisy.


 So here's what I've come up with:

 I've used a Better Homes + Gardens magazine and cut out lots of little pictures that 'spoke' to me, of all things that I love!!  It's all about pink, tea & crochet - some of my favs at the moment ☺

 I've used an art medium to collage all the pictures on each little page - this also created a great 'workable' surface for other mediums I wanted to use.

 Each page is like a 'mini scrapbook' page - paper + embellishments.
 I used quite a bit of Heidi Swapp products = paper & sticker words.

Both sides of the accordion album are filled!!

Some area's around each picture have been accented with watercolour crayons - I've drawn in with the crayon and then added water to my finger to blend in the colours.  By using an art medium in the background, it allows for blending in of colour.  I love this effect and it's so simple to achieve.

I love my new stamp set that I got this week ====== HELLO - it's called a click and stamp set - you can click the stamps together to make a word, then simply stamp away.  I found this one at Viva Books ☺

Check out the Yellow Daisy blog if you want to join in - there's heaps of inspiration to get you all 'arty' and 'creative'

Thanks for coming by
Creating with love + happiness ♥